Toronto-Manila service marks PAL's return to North America's east coast for the first time in more than a decade
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch service between Manila and Toronto on Nov. 30, 2012, giving the airline its first gateway on the North American east coast in 15 years.

“We are always keen on developing new markets and Toronto, with its diverse population, booming economy and status as one of the world’s top financial centres, presents us a major opportunity to do so,” said Ramon S. Ang, president, PAL.

“There has long been a big clamor from our customers in Toronto and all along Canada’s eastern seaboard, particularly the large Filipino community, for a PAL service to their part of the country,” he added.  “We heard them loud and clear, and we’re excited to serve them.”

The new service will trigger a revamp of PAL’s Canadian operation. From Nov. 30, the current daily service between Manila and Vancouver will be revised to four times weekly from Manila to Vancouver alternating with a three-times-weekly non-stop from Manila to Toronto.

On the return journey, Vancouver-Manila will have a dedicated product four times weekly along with a shared service from Toronto three times weekly. Toronto-Manila, therefore, will be a one-stop service via Vancouver.

The Toronto service (PR 118) departs Manila every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Arrival at Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson International Airport is at 5:00 p.m. on the same days.

The return flight (PR 119) departs Toronto every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:35 p.m., stopping in Vancouver at 9:30 p.m.  The service continues on to Manila at 11:30 p.m. and arrives at Terminal 2 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 5:45 a.m. two calendar days later.

PAL will field its new, long-range flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, which seats 42 in Mabuhay Class (business) and 328 in Fiesta Class (economy), on the 17-hour, non-stop flight to Toronto.

While PAL is no stranger to Canada – it first flew to Vancouver 16 years ago, in September 1996 – the flag carrier will be breaking new ground with the Toronto service.

“This is an opportune time for PAL to expand and re-establish links with this dynamic region of North America,” said Ang.  “Toronto is just the first step in our long-range network expansion that will see PAL fly back to the U.S. East Coast and to Europe.”